Across the country, erasing history has become a movement, especially with educational institutions, an attempt to suppress the damning nature of the Democrat party. Yale University recently announced its decision to rename Calhoun College, a move that Yale’s president had previously refused. Apparently, the school has reconsidered and the institution will be now named Grace Murray Hopper College. And, poof, the stigma of a college associated with the memory of John C. Calhoun, former Vice President, Democrat, and staunch supporter of slavery is gone.
But should it? Isn’t it vitally important that we know who John C. Calhoun was and what he believed? Shouldn’t we be teaching future generations that Calhoun saw slavery as a “positive good” and believed the practice should be expanded, not abolished? He claimed that slavery was not only good for the master and the slave but that it was also “good” for the superior race (white men) to rule over the inferior one (black men).
Don’t believe it? Then please read Calhoun’s words: But let me not be understood as admitting, even by implication, that the existing relations between the two races in the slaveholding States is an evil:—far otherwise; I hold it to be a good, as it has thus far proved itself to be to both, and will continue to prove so if not disturbed by the fell spirit of abolition. I appeal to facts. Never before has the black race of Central Africa, from the dawn of history to the present day, attained a condition so civilized and so improved, not only physically, but morally and intellectually….
The concept boggles the mind today, but in Calhoun’s day many Democrats held firm in their belief that slavery was a moral and necessary good which needed to be protected by federal law. The Republican party fought to restrict and prohibit slavery from spreading as new territories formed. It is the willful ignorance of history and the refusal to teach the truth that has allowed the Democratic party to continue rewriting history while pursuing policies of big government meant to enslave as many Americans as possible, regardless of race, tethering them to a bitter teat of less opportunity and, yes, definitely less fun.
— Jonathan B. Field (@ThatJBF) February 11, 2017
Says a Clemson English professor who wants to erase history. Now this is where it gets personal. As a graduate of Clemson University, I am adamantly opposed to the renaming of buildings on campus to erase the history of race supremacy and clear our southern Democrat brethren. However many on today’s campus agree with Professor Field and are advocating to rename Tillman Hall, the original main building erected in 1893 when Clemson University first welcomed students.
So, exactly for whom was Tillman Hall named? Benjamin Tillman, Democrat Governor (1890-1894) of South Carolina and US Senator (1895-1918), a racist and white supremacist. As a proud participant in the Hamburg Massacre of 1876, an abhorrent event which ended in the death of seven men, of which six were black, Tillman often bragged about his Red Shirts ties, a KKK-like, white supremacist group that used violence to suppress black and Republican voters.
No one would say today that Benjamin Tillman was a helluva guy, but dammit, if I had to walk those halls and sit in a building that bears his name listening to lectures, so should every Clemson student. The Tillman name should be on display as a scarlet-letter reminder of who some in the Democrat party were and their violent quest to deny the founding ideals of America that we are all created equal and are blessed by our Creator with the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Never forget – never forgive – the past.